Dr. Michael E. De Bakey of Houston, Texas, chairman of the department of surgery at Baylor University College of Medicine, was chosen to receive the American Medical Association's Distinguished Service medal on June 8 at the annual meeting in Atlantic City. The many names submitted to the Board of Trustees were screened and the three they selected were voted on by the House of Delegates, The gold medal, one of medicine's highest awards, was bestowed on Dr. De Bakey at the inaugural ceremonies on June 9.
Dr. De Bakey is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he taught for many years. He has made many contributions to the advance of heart and blood vessel surgery, including the development of the milkingaction pump which has been widely used in heartlung machines. He has been a member of the Council on Scientific Assembly of the American